Mercedes: We can do very well in Australia
24 February 2014 – Mercedes chief Paddy Lowe reckons Mercedes will be in a position to do "very well" at the opening race of the season in Australia, with the Silver Arrows enjoying a positive start to the pre-season testing period.
Aside from the opening day of testing at Jerez, a Mercedes-powered machine has set the standard, and the German brand's factory outfit comfortably led the way with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain.
Although the team has been playing down suggestions that it is the favourite heading into the new campaign, Lowe says he has now seen enough to feel confident of delivering a strong performance at Albert Park.
"The strongest teams out there are the Mercedes-powered teams," Lowe said in an interview with Sky Sports. "The Ferrari is also looking strong, so those are the people we are watching and trying to measure against.
"In this business, even after Practice 1 and Practice 2 on a Friday you can't predict what the grid will look like, and so there are a lot of uncertainties. But we definitely feel we are quick and in contention to do very well in Melbourne if we can keep pressing further updates to the car and making sure it is reliable."
Excluding Hamilton, Rosberg's best time in Bahrain was 1.674 seconds clear of nearest rival Jenson Button.